Originally Posted by jamie79
This is an old thread, but wondered if any of the Crossfit mamas were still out there? I have been Crossfitting for almost a year now!!! I cannot believe it has been that long. I am in the best shape of my life.
My question is this: I am pregnant now and would like to know how to modify. I do attend a CF affiliate about 3-4 days a week, but I am their first pregnant client (they're new). I am used to lifting very heavy weights...I hold the deadlift record for our affiliate for example. So, how do I modify when all of the info out there is so mixed. Some say not to lift heavy at all, some say to continue as you were in the first trimester (I am almost 6 weeks preggo), some say go with how you "feel". I am just a little confused. I know Panserborne has/had an affiliate, so I was hoping she or someone else with CF training experience could help me out?
Congrats on your pregnancy. I've been crossfitting for about 5 months now and I am in the best shape of my life. I'm fast, strong and am shocked at how I keep getting better. I love Crossfit.
Anyway...I don't have any training experience but we do have a pregnant girl in our crossfit gym. She is at least 20 weeks now. She also has some fused disks in her back so I'm not sure how much of her modification has to do with that.
She was lifting her normal weights for quite some time. It was until about 4-6 weeks ago that she sort of starting letting up on the weight for lifts like deadlifts and power cleans. She has had to modify her squats and not go as deep because she just can't but she goes as deep as she can. She also doesn't do burpees anymore....she modifies those to just touch her toes with knees bent and springs up into the air with a clap. She still does all of her running. She was on a resistance band for pull ups and had to move up one as she gained weight.
I would say the modifications should just come as you find out that you need them. I definitely wouldn't be trying to set any personal records or anything. Your trainer should be able to give you good subs. Like if you can even do the modified burpees then pull ups are a good sub. Or if you can't do sit ups then do squats. If you can't do deadlifts then do walking lunges.
There is also a discussion forum on the mother crossfit site. If you post there I'm sure you will get a lot of great feedback as there are quite a few trainers who post there.